The opportunity to represent Australia in the 8th International Olympiad in Linguistics has been an amazing educational experience, and the time we spent in Stockholm, Sweden, was unforgettable. The competition was intellectually stimulating, challenging us to think deeply and laterally. Thanks to our University of Melbourne coaches Jill and Katharine and to our patient and able coach, Dominique, we learnt a lot about linguistics, and found that we could, in fact, solve some of the more difficult linguistics problems.
When we weren’t fiercely exercising our minds, we were able to meet competitors from various nations, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Though everyone came from different parts of the world and had vastly different cultures, we were able to make friends and have a lot of fun.
Stockholm is a beautiful city, and we explored different regions of the city, taking in its rich history and culture. From the tree-lined boulevards and sprawling parks to Gamla Stan (the Old Town), and the vibrant city centre, the city was a wonderful location for IOL 2010. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Swedish organising committee for providing us with food, accommodation, and for organising terrific excursions and activities for everyone to participate in.
Lastly, we would especially like to thank the University of Melbourne, Dr Rachel Nordlinger and her team for hosting the Victorian competition, and Dr Dominique Estival, for organising the Australian Linguistics Olympiad and coaching us so diligently in Stockholm. Also, Mrs Knopfelmacher, Head of Gifted Education for organizing PLC’s participation and accompanying us on the trip. We urge other students to participate in the OzCLO competition in years to come; certainly, we will be back again for another challenge!
Written by Michelle Jayasuriya, Samantha Hauptman, Carmen Wu, Sally Yu of the Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne